Hi everyone, happy Wednesday. It’s been a crazy week in America. I can’t stop thinking about what happened in Virginia this weekend and I couldn’t come here and hop into my weekly recap without expressing how horrified I am. The Nazi rally in Charlottesville and our President’s empty, late response have left me nauseous and angry. It’s 2017 and I can’t believe I live in a country where the President’s first instinct is that Nazis and not-Nazis are to blame for a White Supremacists rally. I am screaming livid that there even was a White Supremacist rally and that Nazi flags are being waved at all. If you have a good way to get involved in fighting for kindness and equality, let me know, I want in.

In fitness news, I’m in week 6 of training for the NYC marathon. Following Hal Higdon’s plan, week 6 was a “drop back” week which means this weekend run was shorter than week 5’s weekend run. Here’s some background on why most marathon training plans have cutback or drop back weeks weeks written by folks who know more about running than I do.

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There are 93 days until the NYC Marathon. Past NYC marathon runners: How did you do it?! How did you train in this miserable heat?  Send advice!

Last weekend we escaped to Maine to visit Acadia National Park. We LOVED it. I wrote about hiking and biking in Maine. Check out those posts here:

Hiking in Acadia: Beehive Trail, Gorge Path Trail and The Great Head Trail

Biking the carriage roads in Acadia National Park

Here’s the full recap from week four of marathon training:

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Three years ago, at age 29, I could not ride a bike. Since then I’ve competed in a Duathlon (Run-Bike-Run), biked in foreign countries (Iceland, Colombia), and logged miles on Manhattan’s busy streets.

I wouldn’t believe it was possible so I wanted to share the story of my journey.

Here’s the story of how I learned to ride a bike:

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We’re more than halfway through January.  If you made a resolution to get fit, let me make it easier for you to follow through. I’ve scoured the internet and found some solid fitness deals based in New York.  This list covers everything from running classes, barre classes, HIIT, yoga and spinning. Savings for everyone!

Pro tip: Some of these offers expire soon.

The biggest deal of them all is ClassPass, and now you can save $20 on your monthly membership (you get UNLIMITED classes all around NYC). Fun fact, if you use that link, I’ll save $20, too. Also you can take classes with me! (Or without me, up to you.)

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As you’ve likely read on this blog, I learned to ride a bike as a full grown human.  So I’m pretty excited to use my new skills whenever I can.

Last summer I went to Iceland. My friend Trish and I rented bikes and spent a morning cruising around Reykjavik. I guess I never wrote a post about it, but it was a blast.  My bike riding trophy case is still sparsely occupied, but next to the Duathlon and the epic ride to Coney Island, riding around Iceland ranks pretty high.

biking in Reykjavik

biking in Reykjavik

So when planning for last month’s trip to Colombia, I did a little digging. My copy of Lonely Planet Colombia had “Bogota Bike Tours”  circled in it for months.  The company had outstanding reviews (how good can a city bike tour even be?) I logged the bike tour in the back of my mind as a “must do.”

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